History

OUR HISTORY

FOUNDED BY KARL GÖHRING
1911

Karl Göhring founds the company as the Preß- und Stanzwerke GmbH. The first location is Zuffenhausen near Stuttgart.

HANSA METALLWERKE AG
1913

In 1913, the company moves into the new factory building in the Möhringen district of Stuttgart: as M.P.W. GmbH (Metall-, Preß-Werk GmbH). This location has remained the company’s headquarters to this day. In 1921, it was renamed as the HANSA Metallwerke AG.

FIRST PATENT
1950

Award of the first patent for our hand shower with regulating and mixing valve. Also, this provided the inspiration for HANSA’s logo: the crown handle of our two-handle mixer.

EUROPE'S FIRST SINGLE-LEVER MIXER
1962

HANSA produces Europe’s first single-lever mixer – entirely on the basis of its own design.

A MINOR SENSATION
1971-73

Introduction of the innovative HANSAMAT thermostat. Also, HANSA launches a minor sensation in terms of ease of operation: the HANSATASTAMAT pushbutton fitting. Another milestone: HANSA is the first manufacturer to introduce a whole fittings range in compliance with the 1/DIN 4109 noise protection class.

TOUCHLESS OPERATION PREMIÈRE
1976

Start of production and sale of touchless fittings for washbasins, showers and urinals using infrared technology.

THE BIRTH OF A CLASSIC
1979

The first HANSAMIX single-lever mixer is manufactured and the entire range is introduced.

MAJORITY INTEREST
1984

The company acquires a majority holding in the renowned Swiss fittings manufacturer Karrer, Weber & Cie., KWC, based in Unterkulm / Switzerland.

A DESIGN MILESTONE
2003

HANSAMURANO revolutionizes the fittings market and electrifies the design world: a single-lever mixer with an open flow of water that matches chrome and glass in a new and elegant way.

A STRIKING TRAILBLAZER
2007

The joystick operation of the HANSASTELA fitting not only provides for a new and contrast-rich design language, but also points out where the future lies for the entire sector.

SHOWROOM OPENING
2010

The HANSA Aquapunkt opens its doors at the headquarters location and brings the brand closer to visitors with information ranging from the story of the company to the individual product series.

NO-LIMITS DESIGN FLEXIBILITY
2011

The new HANSAMATRIX modular concealed system opens the door to almost unlimited creativity and flexibility on the way towards the dream bathroom.

A MEMBER OF ORAS GROUP
2013

The Oras Group, a Finnish concern with a strong tradition, takes over HANSA: Since then, the two brands have been a powerful, globally active team.

COMPLETE SYSTEM FOR CONCEALED INSTALLATIONS
2016

The HANSABLUEBOX concealed system enters the market, bringing hitherto unheard-of utility with respect to the speed and quality of installation and benefiting both installers as well as end customers.
 

A TRUE WORLD'S FIRST
2018

With the HANSAEMOTION Wellfit shower system, HANSA presents a true world’s first, featuring three beneficial regeneration programmes at the touch of a button to give body and spirit a boost – simply while showering.